12 Aug 2011

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.

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Vitamin D gets A+

In the past year it seems that almost everyone I know is being diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency.  Why this is the case, I don’t know: maybe we are being careful about  not sitting in the sun or just too busy with our laptops to get outside.

The fact remains that many of us do not get enough vitamin D.  Today’s daily health tip from Dr. Weil’s Natural Health Information http://t.co/CQPy6o0 report reminded me why I needed take my supplements. There are new reports coming out all the time, reminding us why this vitamin is essential to our health.

Clinical studies prove that vitamin D plays an integral part in the body’s calcium absorption which helps build strong bones.  We also know that it helps regulate the immune  and neuromuscular systems.  Vitamin D deficiency also has been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers and people with autoimmune diseases often have very low levels.  Those of us with celiac need to be extra careful to insure we are getting enough vitamin D in our diet.

 

The  November 30th, 2010, Harvard Health Publication’s article on vitamin D stated that the Institute of Medicine’s panel of experts determined that 600 International Units is the recommended daily intake for children and adults ages 19-70.  As we know, these panels of experts often low ball what would be the optimum dosage, which other medical experts are suggesting that our daily intake be closer to 2,000 units.

You make your own judgement as to how much vitamin D  to take, but I think that sometimes more is better.  There is no harmful side effects if you take more vitamin D than your body can absorb.  D is os a fat-soluble vitamin and our bodies regulate its intake, metabolism and storage which prevents it from building up in our bodies.  We only keep what we need.

So, for those of you who would like to get your daily dose of vitamin D in your food, let me suggest eating clams.  A 200 calorie serving (about 2 dozen) gives us approximately 940 International Units.  My favorite clam recipe is the perfect solution.http://noglutensolution.com/?p=583

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